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I need a device with good battery life, portability, and a low price to use at school. I would only "google" things and type up papers (I have horrible handwriting). The only problem I can think of is that I really like to use PowerPoint for projects, and I can't get that on a chromebook. (I know there are alternates and web apps, but they just 'aren't the same') I have a copy of XP and have heard of people dual-booting, but can't find out how to set that that up. Should I decide to get one, Acer or Samsung?

asked Dec 05 '11 at 19:57

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For the same price, you could get something like a ThinkPad x120e (one of my favorite ultraportables). You can install Google Chrome and get everything you'd get out of a Chromebook. Plus, you could install Microsoft Office/LibreOffice with no trouble. You can get a lot more out of a full featured laptop for less money.

ThinkPad X120e: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/laptops/thinkpad/x-series/x120e

answered Dec 05 '11 at 20:11

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why get something as limited and overpriced for the specs as a chromebook when you can get a netbook or a lower cost laptop (which will have far better specs, and install the chrome software + multiple other OS if you want and get the best of both worlds?

answered Dec 06 '11 at 12:03

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I would highly recommend a Chromebook. You are the exact type of person Google is making these devices for. I would highly recommend looking into Google Docs Presentations. It is similar to Power Point, and you will have be able to use the #1 web based office software (in my opinion), Google Docs. Some other things to consider, a Chromebook is going to run very fast because the OS is very small, and optimized to run on specific hardware. The battery life is also incredible.

I would try to stay away from low end PCs. One reason is performance. Windows is designed to be a full desktop operating system, not for low powered laptop computers. Also, you probably won't have some of the nice features of a Chromebook such as a built in GPS. Another thing to consider is the price. With a Windows computer you will have to install anti-virus software which can cost money and slow down your computer. If you want Microsoft Powerpoint, consider the cost of buying the software, and having to upgrade it every 5 years or so, plus you don't benefit from having your documents stored in the cloud.

As for dual booting a Chromebook, it's a pretty complicated process, and is only easily done with Linux. You also destroy your Chromebook's strongest security layer. This is a possibility, but if you really need PowerPoint that bad, you should really be using a computer running Windows nativly, although I would consider at least a mid-level computer for running Windows. I have had some bad experiences with netbook computers.

answered Dec 06 '11 at 01:07

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ThinkPad x120e isn't a netbook. It's more like a MacBook Air.

(Dec 06 '11 at 06:26) PCLinux7 PCLinux7's gravatar image

I need something Best Buy sells so I can take advantage of their loan program, though.

(Dec 06 '11 at 19:24) gppl gppl's gravatar image

way to over priced. you can get a normal laptop for what a chrome book costs. but if you really want it you could maybe boot xp off of a flash drive. because you said something about dual booting but the only problem is the hard drives for chrome books are only like 16 gigs. just get a laptop.

answered Dec 29 '11 at 17:33

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So I know this question was asked in 2011, and a lot has changed with Chromebooks since then. I too have been thinking about buying a Chromebook recently and thought I would share some thoughts.

First, I don't think anyone will argue that the pixel was/is way overkill. Although chromebooks have many of the same specs as a netbook of the era it is still not a netbook. They are not trying to take a general purpose computer and put it in a small cheap form. They are a "specialized" computer with only a web browser.

Microsoft launched a smear campaign with their main focus as you cannot install programs, mainly office, and that you must be online to do anything. Well with Office365 you no longer need to install office to have most of the features at your fingertips and will work though the web browser. You are also now able to use Google Docs offline.

Chromebooks also have the reputation to be very secure when compared to other laptops on the market.

After having said all that, as of 2014 I would say a Chromebook might be useful for some people who want something light, boots fast, and simple.

answered Jul 08 '14 at 18:17

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Nope, not unless you just want a web browser... :P

answered Aug 06 '14 at 16:02

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Chromebooks aren't that bad if all you are doing is surfing the web and typing up documents. Also, for powerpoints, you can use Google's application called Google Slides. Just remember, with a Chromebook, you can't install any applications or games that you could with a Windows computer.

answered Oct 28 '14 at 18:00

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